Jennifer Quinn

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Jennifer J. (Massey) Quinn is an American mathematician specializing in combinatorics. She is a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma, and sits on the board of governors of the Mathematical Association of America. From 2004 to 2008 she was co-editor-in-chief of Math Horizons.[1]

Jennifer J. Quinn
Nationality United States
Alma materB.A., Williams College, 1985
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
Known forCombinatorics
AwardsMAA Haimo Award
MAA Beckenback Book Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington Tacoma
Doctoral advisorRichard Anthony Brualdi

Education and career[edit]

Quinn went to Williams College as an undergraduate, graduating in 1985. She earned a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987, and completed her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1993.[1][2] Her dissertation, Colorings and Cycle Packings in Graphs and Digraphs, was supervised by Richard A. Brualdi.[3]

She taught at Occidental College until 2005, when she gave up her position as full professor and department chair to move with her husband,[1] biologist Mark Martin,[4] to Washington. She became a part-time lecturer, and executive director of the Association for Women in Mathematics, until being given her faculty position at Tacoma in 2007.[1]


Quinn won a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America in 2001,[4] and the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics of the association in 2007.[1][5]

Quinn's book with Arthur T. Benjamin, Proofs that Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof (2003) won the CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title of the American Library Association[6] and the Beckenbach Book Prize of the Mathematical Association of America.[7]

In 2018, Quinn was elected an officer-at-large member of the board of directors of the Mathematical Association of America[8].


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jennifer Quinn", About MAA: Governance, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2018-02-07
  2. ^ "Jennifer Quinn, Ph.D.", Faculty & Staff Directory, University of Washington Tacoma, retrieved 2018-02-07
  3. ^ Jennifer Quinn at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ a b Jennifer Quinn to Receive Top Mathematics Teaching Award, Occidental College, February 28, 2001, retrieved 2018-02-07
  5. ^ Jackson, Allyn (May 2007), "MAA Prizes Presented in New Orleans" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 54 (5): 641–642
  6. ^ Proofs that Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof, American Library Association, retrieved 2018-02-07
  7. ^ Beckenbach Book Prize, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2018-02-07
  8. ^ "Faculty Update:Quinn Elected to National Mathematics Board". University of Washington Tacoma. Retrieved 10 February 2018.

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